Most of the schools have accommodation conveniently located on or near their campus. Rooms can vary in size and many dormitories have shared kitchens, toilets, showers and laundry facilities. There is an option of having semi or full private rooms. Most dormitories come furnished. In some institutions there are cafeterias and meal plans that can be included in the cost of the room.
Average cost of residence/dormitory rooms: $3,000 - $7,500 CDN per school year.
Paying guest or Homestays
Some schools assists in arranging homestays accommodation. Few tips about this type of accommodation:
Perhaps the best way to interact with local Canadians, strengthen your English or French language skills and learn about Canadian life style.
Average cost of homestay accommodation: $400 - $800 CDN per month. Prices may vary according to location, and some homestay services will charge an initial placement fee of up to $200 - $350 CDN.
Average cost of homestay accommodation: $400 - $800 CDN per month.
Closer to the campus renting is an option open to students, but price, quality and availability vary greatly. Rents are often quite high in the major cities, and places are not always available. To keep the monthly cost down students some times rent a place together and they split the cost. Many schools offer an off-campus housing service, which can provide affordable listings that are near the campus. At this service centre, those seeking shared accommodations can also find roommates.
On campus, you will often find a variety of postings throughout the campus advertising nearby housing, but it is always best to make arrangements before coming to Canada. Local news papers and renters magazines are great source of listings. An other great source to find best places to rent is local websites. Most landlords require a damage deposit and rent is paid on a monthly basis in cash or by cheque. Agreements with landlords should be made with care. Carefully examine and know the terms of any lease before you sign it. Carefully examine the apartment or suite before signing a lease to determine whether anything needs to be repaired by the landlord before you move in.
Average cost of shared accommodations in Canada: $250 - $700 CDN monthly.
Average cost of a 1-2 bed room suite or apartment: $500 - $1,500 CDN monthly.
Tips to remember when choosing accommodation in Canada:
Try to make arrangements ahead of time but be especially sure to do so if you require accommodation during the summer months, and during holidays and festivals.
If you are staying in a hotel or hostel, always inspect the room on arrival before making a payment. If you are unsure about the location, ask the local tourism association.
Prices can vary greatly according to location and time of year, so try to investigate before you leave. Canada is a friendly and wonderful place, and having made the proper arrangements, you will undoubtedly enjoy your stay regardless of where you choose to live in Canada.
Canada has four very distinct seasons, particularly in the more populated regions along the US border. On the whole, Daytime summer temperatures can rise to 35°C and higher, while lows of -15°C are not uncommon in winter. There are many climatic variations in Canada, ranging from the permanently frozen ice caps north of the 70th parallel to the lush vegetation of British Columbia's west coast.More moderate temperatures are the norm in spring and fall.
Canada is well-known as a safe, just and peaceful society. Canadian crime rates have been falling steadily since the 1990s. Canada's police-reported a decrease in the crime rate for the sixth year in a row, falling by five per cent. Unlike its US neighbors to the south, firearms are strictly controlled and generally are not permitted in Canada.
Future Friendly Country
Canada is an international leader in computer and information technologies and has a reputation for excellence in such sectors as telecommunications, transportation and engineering; and specifically, aerospace, urban transport, microelectronics, medical devices, advanced software, hydroelectric and nuclear power, lasers and opto-electronics, biotechnology, food and beverage processing and ocean and environmental industries.
High points in Canada's telecommunications industry include Teleglobe's CANTAT 3 cable, which is the first of its kind in the world, and which supports high-speed and high-capacity delivery of transoceanic, multimedia transmission. Bell Canada is the worlds pioneer Telecommunication company founded by the Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of phone. Canada was also among the first in the world to recognize the need to connect schools and libraries to the Internet, and its School Net program is being copied around the world. Industry Canada's School Net has successfully made Canada the first nation in the world to connect its schools and libraries to the Information Highway.
Canada is a bilingual country with two official languages, English and French. The vast majority (75 per cent) of Canada's French-speaking inhabitants live in the province of Québec, which is located in the eastern part of the country but there are French-speaking communities throughout the country. According to a 1991 census, French is the mother tongue of 82 per cent of Québec's population and is spoken at home by 83 per cent of Québecers.
High points in Canada's telecommunications industry include Teleglobe's CANTAT 3 cable, which is the first of its kind in the world, and which support Internationally, it is estimated that some 800 million people speak English and 250 million speak French. As a bilingual nation, Canada offers superior English as a Second Language (ESL) and French as a Second Language (FSL) training for students wishing to learn either or both languages.